Somerset Hipercar does 0-100mph in 3.8 seconds

The Ariel Motor Company of Crewkerne in Somerset has won a £6 million grant from the Advanced Propulsion Centre. Ariel is building a gas-turbine-electric 1,180bhp car capable of 0-100mph in 3.8 seconds. The Ariel Hipercar started as a project put up, by Ariel, to Innovate UK under Innovate’s low-carbon vehicle R&D initiative. Ariel received a ...

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Japanese fab converted into a winery

  The contraction of Japan’s semiconductor industry has led to some creative new uses being found for disused fabs. Growing vegetables, particularly lettuce, has been introduced at several old fabs, but never before has a fab been turned into a winery. Hiroshi Matsuzaka, the president of the Enzan Factory Company, has turned a semiconductor fab ...

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Vehicle test chamber faces uphill struggle

Horiba Automotive Test Services has supplied a four wheel drive (4WD) rolling road to Mahle Powertrain to simulate driving conditions at high altitudes. The 4WD chassis dynamometer, or rolling road, is in Mahle’s new Real Driving Emissions Centre (RDEC). The Vulcan II 4WD ExtraCold unit, will be used in a variable control temperature and humidity ...

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techUK’s Paul Hide boosts EW BrightSparks

We are very pleased to confirm the place of techUK’s director, Paul Hide, on the EW BrightSparks 2018 selection panel. EW BrightSparks is a programme, run in partnership with RS Components, to highlight talented young electronic engineers in the UK. Paul, you may remember was a mainstay of the panel for the 2017 EW BrightSparks programme. He ...

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Peregrine Semiconductor celebrates 30th anniversary with name change

  On the occasion of its 30th anniversary and the shipment of its four billionth chip, Peregrine Semiconductor has changed its name to pSemi. The Murata company has announced that it will broaden its scope and portfolio to include power management, connected sensors, optical transceivers, antenna tuning and RF front end products. “We’ve challenged the ...

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TUM speeds up nanorobots by 100,000x

Scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed a novel electric propulsion technology for nanorobots. It allows molecular machines to move a hundred thousand times faster than with the biochemical processes used to date. This makes nanobots fast enough to do assembly line work in molecular factories. “By applying electric fields, we can ...

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French technology improves microdisplays

Next week at SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco, French research centre Leti will demonstrate a new curving technology for optical components that widens field of view and compensates for optical aberrations. Called Pixcurve, it is a proof of concept for optical components such as microdisplays, visible imagers and cooled infrared sensors used in mobile ...

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US VC partners return MIPS to Silicon Valley

MIPS, provider of the eponymous processor architecture and IP cores, is once again in Silicon Valley, following the acquisition of MIPS from Imagination Technologies by Tallwood Venture Capital and Paxion Capital Partners. Tallwood’s managing director, Dado Banatao and Nicholas Brathwaite, founding partner of Riverwood Capital and WRV Capital, will represent Paxion on the board of ...

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UK and France agree joint AI initiative

Closer ties between Britain and France are on the political agenda as both countries look to develop strong positions in new digital technologies such as artificial intelligence. UK Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary Matt Hancock has announced plans for a digital conference to promote closer co-operation with France in the digital economy. The digital ...

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Vicor introduces a 20A buck regulator

Vicor has introduced its highest current output ZVS buck voltage regulator for 24V/28V applications, providing a regulated 5V output at up to 20A. Packaged within a 10 x 14 x 2.5mm LGA SiP package, the PI3325-00-LGIZ is designed to be pin-compatibility to a 48V input version ZVS buck, the PI3525-00-LGIZ, allowing designs to be ported ...

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